You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles PDF/EPUB Ò

You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles ➺ [Download] ➶ You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles By Millicent Dillon ➻ – The famously enigmatic writer composer Paul Bowles is the subject of Millicent Dillon's unforgettable new book Her portrait of the chameleonlike artist is much than an account of Bowles's life however The famously enigmatic writer composer Paul Bowles Not I: PDF/EPUB æ is the subject of Millicent Dillon's unforgettable new book Her portrait of the chameleonlike artist is much than an account of Bowles's life however It is also a meditation on biography that uestions the biographer's role the subject's credibility and the very nature of truth in the telling of a lifeMillicent You Are Kindle - Dillon first met Paul Bowles in Tangier in when she was writing a biography of his wife the author Jane Bowles who died in Dillon returned to Morocco in to work with Bowles on a book about his own life In Bowles's book lined apartment often crowded with visitors Dillon observes the magnetism the aging artist Are Not I: ePUB ´ exerts on anyone who comes into his circle Bowles talks of his difficult childhood and of his grief over Jane's long illness of exile dreams and madness He is charming and evasive with Dillon generous and devious As the book unfolds Dillon's own reflections and concerns surface alongside details of Bowles's daily life his physical condition his interactions with Are Not I: A Portrait PDF or others Her portrait of the artist is seen simultaneously with her construction of that portrait and in a kind of literary legerdemain we are able to observe Dillon on the biographical canvas along with Bowles and his deceased wifeAuthor of the international bestseller The Sheltering Sky and numerous other works as well as an acclaimed composer Paul Bowles has had an immensely rich creative life Millicent Dillon seems to have been destined to write this unconventional biography of the artist and the result is wonderful disturbing and Are Not I: A Portrait PDF or strangely compelling like Paul Bowles himself.

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  1. Edita Edita says:

    I had brought Paul pages copied from a notebook of Jane's that he had never seen It was an undated fragment a scene of a husband and a wife sitting at an iron table outside a hotel in North Africa From the context it had obviously been written in the late 1940s after Jane came to Morocco It was a record of a conversation different from any other that Jane had ever written as if directly nakedly transcribed from life in its delineation of a husband who wants to go ''further in the desert and of a wife who is afraid to go but feels she must I read Paul the beginning of the fragment in which the woman says I don't want to feel like we've fallen out of our lives Obviously startled he said that he used something very close to this in The Sheltering Sky He got up and brought back a copy of the novel and pointed out the page where Port says to Kit I think we're both afraid of the same thing And for the same reason We've never managed either one of us to get all the way into life We're hanging on to the outside for all we're worth convinced we're going to fall off And then as if it were necessary to deny too close a similarity he pointed out that the two conceptions were not the same His he said was about falling off of the world not falling out of their lives Then he changed the subject He noted how the pages of The Sheltering Sky were deteriorating ruined by the Tangier climate And it was true that there was a mustiness in the air moisture having seeped into books into paper into walls I returned to the fragment in Jane's notebook to the woman telling her husband that when she has nothing to drink she is afraid of going into the desert 'She turned and faced him and he saw that she was beginning to look hunted' I read Jane's words about the husband 'Like herself he did not want to express anything than crankiness It was too late His eyes showed pain' I continued reading with the strange sense of being an intermediary reading to him her words that he had never seen words she had recorded about him and about herself I came to the final paragraph of the fragment They both secretly enjoyed that they were not going to feel tenderhearted after all Her heart was bitter too But they could not both reflect the same sorrow She thought this would seem indelicate It would happen some day surely that this little argument which was their marriage melody this phrase is written and crossed out and written and crossed out would be silenced and they too would be lost in that world of grief so heavy that those who share it cannot look into each other's eyes When I had finished reading there was a silence Finally Paul said That's very good Something had shifted some milestone had been passed some border crossed some relief given

  2. Eric Steere Eric Steere says:

    Paul Bowles is an intriguing character detached and severe in his prose precise and psychologically displacing His stories and longer works Sheltering Sky Let it Come Down and Spider’s House have been unfairly treated as autobiographical Dillon’s book suggests that from an early age Bowles lived in his imagination and though much of his work was reflecting his personal life its narrative ualities are clearly different Bowles imaginative literature is re activated in the drama of reading His work is serious and his lack of value judgement in what seem the inevitable process of a character’s role makes are relatable to Camus’ The Stranger like most of Paul’s stories set in French North Africa or Capote’s In Cold Blood Dillon’s biography is a personal account of her interactions with Bowles over the course of decades in correspondence dealing with her first work with her first subject of obsession every good biographer is a bit obsessive and penetrating in writing a biography on Jane his wife Her first encounters with him are mostly relating to the process of communicating his thoughts and history on Jane a relatively obscure writer at the time They are however powerfully instructive as to Bowles behavior and beliefs his recounting of his life with Jane their travels and settling in Morocco her illness are all recorded sometimes directly uoted but otherwise well developed Her own interests in Paul seem to be different than mine a bit personal and a bit convenient for her book’s cohesion She does not elaborate on elements of craft that are most interesting and distinguishing of his character afterall though composer as well he is mostly thought of through his prose work He seems to go into detail about the way he constructs his work the psychological and imaginative elements that are so crucial to understanding his work For example he says he writes sentence by sentence Evaluating a sentence for its sound and other ualities and then writing another comparing the two Instead of relating this to his writing or his creative process she turns to his “less serious” side as a composer and relates it to a relatively obscure sonata Interesting approach to biography as this is not a straight biography but admittedly and refreshingly accurately a reflection on personal engagement with Paul For this we get to know him very well the interviews span decades and many excerpts of texts including a remarkable 5 sentence story at age 6 are brought to his attention his responses are clear his psychological displacement and active imagination lead to a narrative uality that is the disembodiment of the self for the active reflection of the otherDillon isn’t narcissistic in clearly characterizing herself as biographer her personal attitudes are clear and even interesting as she engages Paul A different kind of biography I haven’t read Carr’s which is somewhat derisively commented on by Dillon but it is to be read next time I need to enter Paul’s world

  3. Ruth Ruth says:

    I like the idea of this book It's an autobiographical account of this woman's interactions with Paul Bowles first as she interviews him as part of her research for a biography she is writing on Jane Bowles and then as she decides to come back and write this book about him It's like a biographical sandwich with autobiographical filling in the middle It's supposed to address the strange kind of relationships that occur between biographers and their subjects and the status of the biographer as her own sort of player in the story I have a lot of sympathy for the guts it takes to do a project like this straddling the boundary between memoir and biography but I often found the voice of the author detracted from the story I really wanted to hear But that's OK bc Paul Bowles is such a character and I just appreciated the effort

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